Summer is the perfect time for vacations, outdoor activities, summer camps, and other types of fun. But, some summer activities can have health and safety risks. That is why as a parent you must know how to keep your children safe in the sun.
Below are some ways to ensure everybody’s summer memories are awesome ones:
Apply Sunscreen to the Skin
Sunscreen must be applied not only when you go to the beach or pool but also when you just go sightseeing, attending an outdoor event, playing outside, or gardening. Make sure to apply sunscreen to your child’s skin if they will be out in the sun. The best sunscreen is at least SPF 30, water-resistant, and blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, sooner when your little one has been in the water.
Ensure Someone is Supervising your Child while in the Water
Do not depend on flotation or safety devices like lifejackets. Although these things can help and must be used, it does not take the place of constant supervision. Summer can be a great time to help your child develop and improve their swimming skills. But, even if your child can swim well, they still need to be supervised.
Use Insect Repellent
You want everyone in your family to remember summer for its endless sunshine and balmy temperatures, not bug bites. You can avoid the summer’s itch by using insect repellent, especially when your child goes outside. Look for repellents that have the chemical DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) because it can effectively protect everyone against mosquitoes and ticks. Also, consider oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Ensure your Child Wears Safety Gear
This is important if your child takes part in activities such as biking, playing sports like football or softball, or riding a scooter. The helmet protects their head and brain. Make sure to pick the right helmet for various activities.
Talk to your Child what To Do if they Get Separated from You
As you explore the great outdoors with your child, especially in crowded public places or woods, it is easy to get separated. Even if you have a cell phone with you, your child may not have one. Plus, the battery can drain after some time. Whenever you go to a remote place, talk to your family members what everyone should do if one gets separated from the pack. Set a meeting place and identify the people who can help like policemen or staff at the destination that they can go to.